Nola Richardson (MM ’10, Voice Pedagogy; MM ’11, Early Music Voice) won first prize in the 2018 Audrey Rooney Bach Competition. This competition is presented by the Kentucky Bach Choir, where she will return for as a soloist next season as a part of her prize. She recently sang at the National Cathedral with ACRONYM.
Soprano Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) won second place in Rochester Oratorio Society’s 12th annual Classical Idol vocal competition. The final round of the competition took place on Saturday, April 28.
Faculty artist Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), soprano, recently released “A Breath Upwards,” an album featuring music by Milton Babbitt and Peabody faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). Last year, she was featured on Ensemble Klang’s album “Black Unlimited” which also features the music of Hersch. Both albums have received great reviews on The WholeNote, Music Web-International, Classical Modern Music, and a Dutch music site. Ensemble Klang’s album is also featured in Alex Ross’s playlist for his book, The Rest is Noise.
Danielle Buonaiuto (MM ’12, Voice) will make her company debut at Center for Contemporary Opera in To Be Sung, a one act opera by Pascal Dusapin and libretto by Gertrude Stein, on May 17 at 8:00 pm and May 19 at 8:00 pm in Brooklyn, N.Y. This summer, she will return to the Oregon Bach Festival before travelling to Avaloch Farm, where she will develop her album and tour project as a part of the REXDuo. The project, O Sea-Starved, Hungry Sea, will be released later this year or early next year, and incorporates other Peabody alums Natalie Draper (DMA ’17, Composition), Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition), James Young (DMA ’14, Composition), and John Wilson (BM ’10, MM ’12, GPD ’14, Piano). She will also continue in her recently appointed roles as Executive Director of Musica Viva NY and as Director of Development and Marketing of New York City Master Chorale.
Peabody master’s candidate Alicia Lumberry, soprano, has been accepted into the Miami Music Festival this summer. She will perform Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos.